I’d just spent a winter in Bristol saving for a trip to India when I saw a message from a friend posted online asking if anyone fancied a trip through Europe in May. I was going to be free, and my India trip had no set leaving date so I thought I’d see what She was up to. It turns out Fiona had a hen do to attend in Lagos in southern Portugal and was keen to cycle there if she could find someone to go with.
Friends of mine had previously ridden the west coast of France with surfboards on trailers - a group of 2 Australians and an Englishman under the name The Bourgeois Bicycle Caravan. It looked possible with a small budget and you get to camp, surf and cycle. What more do you need? Since seeing their photos I’d been itching do a similar trip but hadn’t managed to find anyone with enough free time or stupid enough to want to. I knew Fiona had the time, and she was easily as stupid if not more stupid than me, so things were looking good.
We didn’t have much of a plan other than to try and get down to Peniche as cheaply as possible, along the coast of Spain and Portugal with some surfing along the way. With a time limit of about a month, We’d catch the ferry from Plymouth to Santander and work out a route once we got there. We guessed that as long as the ocean was on our right we were heading in the right direction.
Katie Lambert & Mason Earle on their big wall adventure - Part 2: Free climbing the 1200-foot sandstone Moonlight Buttress 5.12d, Zion National Park, Utah
photo: Ben Ditto